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kspenmoll

Joined May 2016

Lifelong reader, teacher insta:kdspenmoll
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The Heron's Cry by Ann Cleeves
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Love and Other Poems by Alex Dimitrov
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Orwell's Roses by Rebecca Solnit
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Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson
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Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
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Murder at the Manor by Martin Edwards
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Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa Afia
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The Body in the Transept by Jeanne M. Dams
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Body in the Transept by Jeanne M. Dams
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
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Her Last Flight: A Novel by Beatriz Williams
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A Black Women's History of the United States by Kali Nicole Gross, Daina Ramey Berry
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The Ludwig Conspiracy by Oliver Ptzsch
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Goldenrod: Poems by Maggie Smith
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Murder at Queen's Landing by Andrea Penrose
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An Unlikely Spy: A Novel by Rebecca Starford
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Fire Force, Volume 1 by Atsushi Ohkubo
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A Well-Timed Murder | Tracee de Hahn
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A well crafted police procedural,with an imaginative,competent,intelligent Swiss officer, Agnes Luthi,who finds herself embroiled in a murder. Lausanne is hosting a premier watch & jewelry trade show. Tensions run high as the traditional watch industry struggles against the new watch conglomerates.Will another murder occur? How involved is the private boys boarding school?Love this series.Sad that there are no more published.#porchlife

Tamra Love that crab 🦀 36m
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The Heron's Cry | Ann Cleeves
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Slept lots, walked rectangles in my yard to 3/4 mile cause my body needed it. Not used to being a lay about! On antivirals, cough meds, Tylenol for covid symptoms. Quarantined until Saturday. Beautiful late afternoon, 70 degrees, slight breeze, blue sky with scattered clouds. Bird song,a few cars. In anticipation of opening this book. Love Ann Cleeve‘s books! #porchlife

merelybookish It looks like a nice spot to lay about if you have to. 2h
kspenmoll @merelybookish It is! I am luck the weather has been wonderful! 2h
Dragon Glad you have a nice reading spot to relax and restore your health- get well soon 💐 2h
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Bookwormjillk Get well soon! 2h
LiteraryinLawrence Feel better! 💗💗 1h
AmyG I love your porch. ❤️ 37m
Tamra You have the ideal situation for recovery. ☺️ 35m
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A Well-Timed Murder | Tracee de Hahn
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I am really enjoying this police procedural set in the Swiss land of watchmakers. #porchlife #eveningchimes #AnAgnesLuthiMystery
I love that the protagonist name is Agnes- reminds me of my great aunt Agnes who helped my mom lots when we were growing up. She was deaf but could read lips like a trooper. I don‘t think she ever learned sign language but she could read & write so she got some education. Born in 1886, she died 90+ years later.

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A Well-Timed Murder | Tracee de Hahn
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Today‘s read. I remember the first in this series as a pick, so when I found this in the library earlier this month, I grabbed it. #libraryfind #AnAgnesLuthiMystery #porchlife

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I have been reading one essay at a time,and thoroughly enjoying each one.Her commentaries on her country (Myanmar),her culture, western influences,women, family, laundry(the Myanmar way) are funny, startling, informative,engaging, thought provoking…

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#MarvelousMay #readathon #report #May14toMay15
Lost Among the Living-78 pp; People of the Book-66pp-I had to stop when in the middle of the Inquisition ch- although I knew all about its history, it was so well written that I felt like I was right there in that century & I felt nauseous… A Death in Seascape House- 3 ch. #audio; You‘ve Changed-20 pp; Fool Me Once-368 pp-the whole book.
Back to Work tomorrow…

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This is also my #weeklyforecast
Last week I finished The Mystery of Mrs. Christie,The Bodies in the Library,The Lost Ancestor, and The Orange Lillies. Today I finished Fool Me Once,& Lost Among the Living. All the others I am in various stages. I did not read any of Orwell‘s Roses.

Cinfhen Awesome week 🙌🏻people of the book is one of my all time favorites / I hope you love it 🤞🏽🧡 3d
kspenmoll @Cinfhen I cannot put it down! The world of book restoration is fascinating. I am loving it. I would rather stay home & read & skip work today but…! 3d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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#sundaybuddyread #SimoneStJames #ghosts #supernatural #historicalfiction
I had to finish this today! The ending was just as surprising to me as I expected it would be. No review because I do not want to say anything to spoil our discussion next Sunday.

TheBookHippie ❤️❤️❤️ 3d
AmyG I can‘t wait to finish. 3d
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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#porchlife #afternoonsnack #sundaybuddyread #SimoneStJames
I am excited to be finishing this up after today‘s discussion.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 3d
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Fool Me Once: A Novel | Ashley Winstead
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Andrew65 Looks just the ticket. 4d
kspenmoll @Andrew65 Between U.S & World news, plus my husband & son have Covid, I need a light escape! They both have been boostered so my son cold like symptoms, cough; my husband a few more symptoms & he got antiviral meds because his immune system is compromised. I am glad I can be with them this weekend! 4d
LiteraryinLawrence I hope they both feel better soon! 💗 4d
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CaitZ Hope they're feeling better soon 4d
Andrew65 Sending positive thoughts for speedy recoveries, good to hear he has got anti virals. (edited) 4d
kspenmoll @Andrew65 @CaitZ Thank you both for your get well wishes! I am still neg.🤞🏻 3d
Andrew65 @kspenmoll 🤞🤞🤞🙏 2d
kspenmoll @Andrew65 I just tested positive for Covid.video conference w MD tomorrow to see what my treatment will be. 2d
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Oh no 😔, sending best wishes. Let us know how the appointment goes. 2d
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Blackout | Ragnar Jonasson
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#DarkIcelandSeries #3 #blackout #NordicNoir
I love this series!The backdrop of Iceland with its snow, its bitter cold, its darkness, its long winter-then spring/summer with its brilliant,radiant light was mesmerizing & held me spellbound.A Classic whodunit,with many voices narrating,some time shifts,& an intricate plot,it felt like a labyrinth to me.All the varying threads did come together in the end. I am so glad their are 3 more in the series!

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 This is a series i need to try out. 4d
kspenmoll @Andrew65 I think you would enjoy the series! 4d
Andrew65 Stacked. 4d
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Blackout | Ragnar Jonasson
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#porchlife #birdsong #chimes #peaceful

Reading on my porch- right now it‘s pleasant and cool. My cat Em woke me at 4:30! I could not go back to sleep so I have been busying myself in the house. Time for a reading break on my porch!

shortsarahrose My “cat alarm” went off at 6:30 this morning- definitely earlier than I wanted to be up! 😆 4d
WorldsOkayestStepMom Your porch looks like a cozy reading spot! 4d
Julsmarshall What a lovely reading spot! 4d
jessjess Your porch is beautiful 😍 4d
kspenmoll @shortsarahrose I think my kitties run our home!!! 4d
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Blackout | Ragnar Jonasson
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#coffeesndbooks

That first sip…☕️

RaeLovesToRead I have the same mug 🥰🥰 5d
kspenmoll @RaeLovesToRead Like minds! 4d
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Planning to join in this #MarvelousMay #readathon #2
Helps me feel organized, whether I am or not! I also enjoy reading participants posts. 😄📚
Littens join in the fun!

Andrew65 Good luck, and thanks for playing along 😊

All welcome 😍
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#anamcara #celticcircleofbelonging #naturespoetry

The Deer‘s Cry, one of the oldest Celtic prayers. The poetry of nature and the sublime.

merelybookish His interview On Being has always made me want to read him 5d
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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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Started this tonight. Brings me back in time to the siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War(1992-95). Judy Collins wrote and sang this haunting song:

https://youtu.be/46ss5p3KSps

EvieBee What a lovely photo! I have yet to read this one but it‘s on my list. 7d
Susanita Beautiful song. This is one of my favorite books! 7d
Tamra Such a cozy setting! 7d
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jlhammar Great book! Looks like a perfect reading spot. 7d
Librarybelle Such a great book! 7d
merelybookish Great read! 7d
Hooked_on_books I love a cozy porch photo! 7d
kspenmoll @EvieBee @Hooked_on_books @merelybookish @Librarybelle @jlhammar @Tamra @Susanita @EvieBee Thank you all for your comments on my favorite summer reading spot, my porch. Glad to hear all the accolades about the book! @Susanita it is a haunting song.💕💕 5d
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The first essay,A Me by Any Other Name,is thought provoking.It is a lesson in the common repetition of names in Myanmar culture.The author herself is Pyae Pyae,while her given name is Pyae Moe Thet War. Moe has a connection to her Dad;Thet to her mom.War is from a palm reader,who got the name in the stars.It also explores the pressures she endured in HS to change her name to a Western,English name.She refused, wanting to preserve her culture.

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A blessing by John O‘Donohue. #thinkpositivebepositive

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🤎 1w
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The Lost Ancestor | Nathan Dylan Goodwin
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#audiomystery #thislife #philosophy #sundaybuddyread #nonfiction #cozymystery #ancestry #geneology

Working on these books this week when I can, depending on work & my mood.

Cinfhen They all look good 😊 1w
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#Irishroots #IrishAmerican #ancestry

The author, a professor of English with a specialty in Irish American studies, & a traditional Irish storyteller or “seanchai”, has written about Ireland, its history, its people, its myths & its ancient traditions. This is a complement to Thomas Cahill‘s earlier book. Each section ends with an annotated bibliography, which I found invaluable.

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The Great Gatsby | F. Scott Fitzgerald
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#coffeeandbooks #coffeespot #FScottFitzgetald

On the bathroom wall in this lovely coffee shop.

DivineDiana I love this! ❤️ 2w
BookBabe Wow, nice, Scott! 😃 Love this! 🙌🏻 2w
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😂😂A bit of humor by a police detective. 📚📚

tpixie Lol 😂 2w
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#cofffeeandbooks #thecoffeespot 📚☕️
Local coffee shop in my town that encourages reading, drinking coffee, eating treats.Leisurely midday break.

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This week I finished Seasonal Work,The Restoration of Celia Fairchild,&To the Grave.I started the audiobook,The Mystery of Mrs.Christie,& am still slowly reading Orwell‘s Roses.Both Lost Among the Living &This Life are buddy reads. Death in A Budapest Butterfly I plan to read during today‘s road trip to Kingston, NY for the opening soccer game we support, Hartford City Football Club. #hcfc #bookreport #sundaybuddyread #deadphilosopherssociety

Cinfhen I really enjoyed this one 2w
Cinfhen Enjoy your road-trip and good luck to your soccer club 🫶🏼 2w
kspenmoll @Cinfhen Drove back roads the way to the game & enjoyed the hills, farms, forests-eventually the Catskills, then the charming city of Kingston. We won,2 to 1- raucous fun. Taco food truck. Took the highway home though; it was dark by the time we left. 2w
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Seasonal Work: Stories | Laura Lippman
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I read 1 of the 12 short stories per day- no matter what the story I was continually surprised & at times, astonished at the outcomes. The author wrote these stories over a span of 12 years, & some had been previously published. They were all new to me, & kept me riveted. As the cover flap says better than I can,they are stories of “deception, murder,dangerous games,and love gone wrong.” Highly recommend! #libraryfind

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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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#sundaybuddyread this evening.

KristiAhlers You‘re set for a great evening. 2w
kspenmoll @KristiAhlers It was, but for the fact that I sooo wanted to continue reading the book. It‘s a buddy read so I restrained myself!!! 2w
KristiAhlers @kspenmoll I read ahead as I‘m reading the same book with you! This weekend is going to be crazy busy so I wanted to make sure I didn‘t get to far behind. Totally doesn‘t hurt that this book is awesome 2w
kspenmoll @KristiAhlers It is awesome! I love her books! 2w
KristiAhlers @kspenmoll me too. She‘s a new author for me. I‘ve read two of her most recent books. I‘m now a total fan of hers. 2w
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Opening this tonight- from my TBR mountains.😀

SilversReviews LOVE this cover….hope it is marvelous. Looks like it will be. 😊 2w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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#20in4 #MayDaySpecial #Readathon

Reporting my reading:
Night Blind - 240pp, finished.
To the Grave- listened to 15 chapters, now at ch. 31. 31/48 chapters completed.
Seasonsl Work - 184 pp.
An Accidental Corpse,296 pp.Finished.

Andrew65 That‘s great, well done 👏👏👏🙌🥳 2w
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Nightblind | Ragnar Jonasson
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I read the first in this series, Snowblind, when it was published. This has been in my TBR awhile. Trying to whittle away my stacks. I love the setting, Iceland, and the characters who are shaped by the climate, and winter darkness.

The first sentence: “Unsettling.”

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Love and Other Poems | Alex Dimitrov
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Unfortunately I could not get the Typorama app to align the text to the left, the way this poem is written. I am loving this poetry book @Readergrrl !
For some reason I thought of our buddy read, This Life, when I read this poem. @GingerAntics @ravenlee @TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie Exactly what I believe♥️ 2w
StaceGhost Gorgeous ❤️ 2w
GingerAntics That definitely feels like it fits with This Life. 2w
Readergrrl @kspenmoll I‘m so glad that you liked that collection! 2w
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Orwell's Roses | Rebecca Solnit
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Two books are buddy reads by week- Lost Among the Living and This Life. The others I plan to read/listen as I can. Full weeks at work until we end in June- parent meetings, graduation activities, exams.

Cinfhen Can‘t believe the school year is winding down 2w
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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These are the books I hope to read this May. #sundaybuddyread #literarycrew

Librarybelle Awesome! I liked Orwell‘s Roses. 2w
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To the Grave | Steve Robinson
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Report as of this morning(Sunday) started the audiobook, To the Grave. On cp 16/49. Finished An Accidental Corpse(296 pages this weekend)and read 184 pgs of Seasonal Work. #20in4 #readathon #MayDaySpecial

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Orwell's Roses | Rebecca Solnit
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#weeklyreport

Finished the 3 books in the top row this past week. In various stages with the books in the bottom row.

Cinfhen Gorgeous flowers 😍how‘s the tagged book??? 3w
kspenmoll @Cinfhen I am not very far but I am fascinated- RS went to find the site of Orwell‘s roses- one bush was left. 2w
Cinfhen That‘s so cool!!! 2w
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An Accidental Corpse | Helen Harrison
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All snuggled up on the love seat and ready for an after dinner read.#MayDaySpecial #20in4 #readathon

Andrew65 Looks cosy, enjoy! 3w
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An Accidental Corpse | Helen Harrison
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#porchlife #booksandcoffee ☕️📚

Sneaking some reading in before noon. Sunny, but windy so I am on my porch wrapped in a warm poncho. The porch faces north& slightly west, so pictures come out darker than later in the day. I just started putting some porch furniture & do-dads out today.

TheBookHippie Oh how lovely!! 3w
BookBabe So pretty! 😍 I love a good porch! Such pretty homes around you too. 3w
julieclair So pretty! I need to spruce up my porch. This is good inspiration. 3w
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#daffodils #magnolia #RobertTree #dandelion #weddingdaffodils #AlliandLiMei #magnolia #peonies

Spring in my yard today!

To The Dandelion
Dear common flower,that grow‘st beside the way,
Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold!
First pledge of of blithesome May,…
-James Russel Lowell

Cathythoughts Spring 🌸🌸🌸 3w
Soubhiville Yay! I love spring! 3w
kspenmoll @Cathythoughts @Soubhiville Spring has always been my favorite season- finally feeling renewed, released from the cold of winter. 3w
EvieBee Wow! Gorgeous! 3w
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An Accidental Corpse | Helen Harrison
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#coffeeandbooks #saturdaymorning

I forgot to turn off my alarm for work so it went off at 5:30 a.m.- waking the cats and me. An early breakfast was had by all.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 📷 3w
BookBabe Sounds like an interesting book! 3w
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An Accidental Corpse | Helen Harrison
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Last night read 97 pgs of How the Irish Saved Civilization, finishing the book. Then read 48 pgs of An Accidental Corpse.
Littens, join in this #20in4readathon #MayDaySpecial

Andrew65 A great start 👏👏👏 3w
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#ThoughtfulThursday

🥀 own the tagged book but it‘s still TBR

🥀love to garden. Have perennials, which I border with marigolds.

#🥀 I read in my porch

🥀 spring water

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Loving the oh so human, flawed DC Cat Kinsella.

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#weeklyreport #weeklyforecast
Listening to In the Blood-ch 46/69;read/finished Murder in Chianti;on ch.2 In Orwell‘s Roses;This life-plan to make up last 2weeks of assigned reading; 1ch left to read of How the Irish Saved Civilization;The Crypt Thief;50% more reading to finish. Goals are simple: read what I can, no pressure. #audiomystery #geneology #winecountry #Italianbistro #OrwellsRoses #deadphilosopherssociety #ThisLife #celtichistory #kindle

Cinfhen I like your goals!!! That‘s the way it should always be!! I hate seeing people feeling “pressured” by their reading. 3w
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This self published poetry book is titled but not in the data base. Deborah Nash Ott is a dear friend who opened the floodgates of poetry & its depths for me. She is an avid birder, so choosing this poem to share reflects her poetic “soul.”
#TwinSouls #SacredGround #poetry #divineinnature #birding

Nute Love this type of poetry discovery. Thanks for sharing! I‘ll try to find her book. 3w
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Murder in Chianti | Camilla Trinchieri
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💐 4w
Cathythoughts Perfect 💙 4w
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Love and Other Poems | Alex Dimitrov
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What a perfect #AprilPoetrySwap !Thank you so much Cynthia! You cannot wait to read these poems(tagged book), grind these local coffee beans, & snack on the beer Spanish peanut brittle! Apologies to you, @TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit for posting so late.

TheBookHippie Oh how lovely!!! No problem! Enjoy! ♥️ 4w
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍 4w
Readergrrl I‘m so glad it made it!! That peanut brittle is really good! I‘m so lucky to live around the corner from Munsons Chocolates! 4w
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Meet Me in the Margins | Melissa Ferguson
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Some fun for tonight:book editor for small niche publishing house, wannabe Romance author, interacts through notations “between the margins”of her manuscript, with a mysterious,shadowy,editor. Delightful with comical moments so far.

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Daffodils and spring.Daffodils have bloomed in my yard this weekend. Seniors in my HS are studying this lovely poem right now- chosen for today‘s date in the tagged book.

Nute This is one of my favorite poems. Daffodils are such “happy” flowers!🙂 1mo
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In the Blood | Steve Robinson
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#AwesomeApril #Readathon #weeklyreport #weeklyforecast

I was on spring break from work this past week so I was able to accomplish more reading than usual. Finished Postscript Murders,Pont Neuf,Missing and Endangered, & Murder in Old Bombay. The others I am at various stages of reading.

Cinfhen Wow!! You made the most of your week 🙌🏻 1mo
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#coffeeandbooks
Early morning sustenance. Happy Easter and Hanukkah and Ramadan and Sunday!
Off to a family brunch later today.

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Installment #2 In this mystery series featuring U.S.anatomist Dr. Thomas Silkstone,comes to work in 1980‘s London.A sense of darkness,dread,& foreboding is felt throughput the novel, as both corpses & the living are sold to unscrupulous scientists& criminals for dissection & experimentation. While Dr.Silkstone receives his corpses through legitimate means,his arch rival,Dr. John Hunter goes to evil lengths to get his bodies.🔽

kspenmoll 🔼He sets his eyes on an 8 ft man,who he is determined to capture alive for his devious purposes. Murder, hidden secrets, & the sudden break off of their engagement by Lady Lydia Farret, leaves Silkstone reeling & suspicious of nefarious doings by Hunter. Compelling, layered, multifaceted mystery. (edited) 1mo
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